Race Review: Rylie J’s Boo & Brew 5k, 10/28/17, Geneva, NY

IMG_0926Halloween themed races are particularly fun, because you can dress up and run in costume. I’ve run various Halloween races over the years. This was my first time trying the “Boo & Brew” in Geneva, NY. The brew in the title comes from the fact that you get a free beer after the race at Rylie J’s, the pub that serves as the host of the race. The event itself benefits Camp Onseyawa, a Rotary camp for children with disabilities.

This race is an afternoon event, so I didn’t have to rush to get there. I left my house around 12:30 and made the 50 minute drive to Geneva, a picturesque town along Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

I parked, picked up my bib and t-shirt (available for the first 300 runners) and walked around a bit. The atmosphere was festive with live music, raffles and a photo booth.


I decided that this year I was going to be a rock lobster for Halloween. I stumbled upon a felt lobster cap at a store for $1 and built my costume around that. I found lobster shorts and turned them into a skirt. I then sewed a guitar patch onto my t-shirt, braided my hair with red extensions and completed the ensemble with lobster socks. The key to running in costume is to find something that is conducive to running. I saw so many creative costumes – people are very impressive with what they come up with.

Race temperatures were in the lower 60s with rain on the way. I’ll take those temperatures over the 88 degree, humid weather I ran in at last month’s 5k. Sadly though, although I’ve been running consistently,  my weight is still way up. For that reason, I knew this race would be a challenge. I can run the distance no problem, but speed-wise I’m at a jog. I also woke up with a persistent headache, but I can’t use that as an excuse for my slow performance.


Approximately 400 runners and walkers of all ages (and in all sorts of fun costumes) gathered by the start a little before 3. Prior to that, at 2, there was a Halloween parade with bands and families in costume. I really enjoyed seeing that – gotta love small towns!

The race started in front of the bar and was uphill through the business district. I don’t love uphills at all – but better to have them in the beginning than at the end of the race. Once you got up the hill, you turned the corner, ran down the street and then onto a gravel path, under a bridge and then by the lakefront. Running alongside Seneca lake was very scenic and there was a nice breeze. I wish I had photos of that, but I don’t. I got into my pace and just kept going. They didn’t have any mile markers, which I like, but it was fine. There was one water stop – I’m assuming it was at the midway point. I was grateful for that, as I didn’t bring my water bottle. I should have, as I really felt parched and somewhat dehydrated.

As we were running by the lake, the faster runners could be seen in the distance, already headed back. Finally, I rounded the corner and was headed back as well. I tried to step it up at the end, but my weight really is slowing me down. I never stopped though – I haven’t stopped during a race in my 84 races I’ve done, and I’m certainly not about to now, no matter what I weigh. In the interest of true disclosure – my time was 37:50, a 12:12 min mile. Sigh… 😦

At the finish line, they had water, apples, pizza, bananas, bagels and granola bars. There was also a food truck. People then headed inside for drinks and for the prize announcements. The top three winners got cash prizes and age group winners got nice medals. They then announced the winners of the raffles. I bought 3 tickets, but did not win. They had some really nice items – ranging from wine to gift certificates to a framed print. By this point, the rain had started outside and I decided to head home.

Overall, this was a nice race, with a decent course. It was easy to get to and park, and the atmosphere was fun – especially with all the creative costumes and the parade beforehand.

Time: 3:00 PM
Weather: Cloudy, mid 60s
Course: Certified. One small hill at the start, half on the road, half on a lake path
Location: Rylie J’s Pub, 38 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY
Results:  Will update when they are onlineI think they will be here: http://ryliejsbooandbrew5k.com/results/
real bathrooms inside the bar, Parking in a public lot just up the street
Waterstops: one
More Info:  Webpage
Facebook: Event page

My final race for the year will be a new, 5 mile race in Rochester on Thanksgiving morning.  I recently wrote two articles about upcoming Thanksgiving Day races in Rochester and Central, NY. I’ll write another  blog post later including the links to those articles for anyone interested.

Thank you very much for reading my post!

Until next time, see you on the roads…





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